Eric Records is one of my favourite oldies reissue labels. It started where Rhino Records and Varese labels left off. I have many of their past releases, such as Hard To Find 45s on CD series, Hard To Find Pop Instrumentals or Orchestral Instrumental series, etc. Eric Records strived for excellence in trying to get the best source: original master tapes whenever possible, stereo versions whenever possible and 45 rpm single versions whenever possible.
This 3 CD set of Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties, Vol. 1 contains every instrumental record that peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during 1960. Wow, for collectors like myself, this is simply great! Another great news: this set is the first in a series of CD reissues that will contain every instrumental that appeared on that chart throughout the entire decade. Volume 2 (1961) has just been released in 2012. The future is great!
The sound is fantastic and vibrant with no hiss. I appreciate the stereo versions used. I am also very appreciated with many rare tunes, now making their CD debuts too. The songs are arranged in a chronological manner. It really shows that the producers have done their homework, and also has taken time to give us the best sound.
The song listing with their chart positions is as follows:
Disc: 1 01. Smokie (Part 2) - Bill Black's Combo (17/1960) 02. Smokie (Part 2) - Bill Doggett (95/1960) 03. Bonnie Came Back - Duane Eddy & The Rebels (Stereo)(26/1960) 04. Skokiaan (South African Song) - Bill Haley & His Comets (Stereo)(70/1960) 05. Teenage Hayride - Tender Slim (93/1960) 06. Harlem Nocturne - The Viscounts (52/1960) 07. One Mint Julep - Chet Atkins (Stereo)(82/1960) 08. Amapola - Jacky Noguez & His Orchestra (63/1960) 09. Tracy's Theme - Spencer Ross (Stereo)(13/1960) 10. The Theme From 'A Summer Place' - Percy Faith & His Orchestra (Stereo)(1/1960) 11. On The Beach - Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra (Stereo)(47/1960) 12. Bulldog - The Fireballs (24/1960) 13. Too Much Tequila - The Champs (30/1960) 14. Teensville - Chet Atkins (Stereo)(73/1960) 15. Werewolf - The Frantics (83/1960) 16. A Closer Walk - Pete Fountain (Stereo)(93/1960) 17. Whatcha' Gonna Do - Nat 'King' Cole (Stereo)(92/1960) 18. Beatnik Fly - Johnny & The Hurricanes (Stereo)(15/1960) 19. Summer Set - Monty Kelly & His Orchestra (Stereo)(CD Debut)(30/1960) 20. Chattanooga Choo Choo - Ernie Fields Orchestra (54/1960) 21. Caravan - Santo & Johnny (Stereo)(48/1960) 22. Shazam! - Duane Eddy & The Rebels (Stereo)(45/1960) 23. White Silver Sands - Bill Black's Combo (Original Version)(9/1960) 24. Mr. Lucky - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (Stereo)(21/1960) 25. The Madison Time (Part 1) - The Ray Bryant Combo (Stereo)(30/1960) 26. Beautiful Obsession - Sir Chauncey & His Exciting Strings (Stereo)(89/1960) 27. Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Part 2) - Jessie Hill (28/1960) 28. National City - Joiner, Arkansas Junior High School Band (53/1960)
Disc: 2 01. La Montana (If She Should Come To You) - Frank Devol (Stereo)(77/1960) 02. La Montana (If She Should Come To You) - Roger Williams (Stereo)(CD Debut)(98/1960) 03. Theme For Young Lovers - Percy Faith & His Orchestra (Stereo)(35/1960) 04. The Theme From 'The Unforgiven' (The Need For Love) - Don Costa & His Orchestra (Stereo)(27/1960) 05. Because They're Young - Duane Eddy & The Rebels (Stereo)(4/1960) 06. Down Yonder - Johnny & The Hurricanes (48/1960) 07. Josephine - Bill Black's Combo (Original Version)(CD Debut)(18/1960) 08. Look For A Star - Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra (Stereo)(19/1960) 09. Theme From Adventures In Paradise - Jerry Byrd (Stereo)(97/1960) 10. Night Train - The Viscounts (CD Debut)(82/1960) 11. Bongo Bongo Bongo - Preston Epps (Stereo)(78/1960) 12. Walk - Don't Run - The Ventures (Stereo)(2/1960) 13. Kommotion - Duane Eddy & The Rebels (Stereo)(CD Debut)(78/1960) 14. Revival - Johnny & The Hurricanes (97/1960) 15. Vaquero (Cowboy) - The Fireballs (Stereo)(99/1960) 16. Theme From The Apartment - Ferrante & Teicher (Stereo)(10/1960) 17. Beachcomber - Bobby Darin (Stereo)(100/1960) 18. Brontosaurus Stomp - The Piltdown Men (75/1960) 19. Rocking Goose - Johnny & The Hurricanes (60/1960) 20. Never On Sunday - Don Costa & His Orchestra (Stereo)(19/1960) 21. Temptation - Roger Williams (Stereo)(56/1960) 22. Theme From The Sundowners - The Felix Slatkin Orchestra (Stereo)(70/1960) 23. Midnight Lace - David Carroll & His Orchestra (CD Debut)(98/1960) 24. Midnight Lace - Ray Ellis & His Orchestra (CD Debut)(84/1960) 25. Midnight Lace (Part 1) - Ray Conniff & His Orchestra (Stereo)92/1960) 26. Don't Be Cruel - Bill Black's Combo (U.S. CD Debut)(11/1960)
Disc: 3 01. The Sundowners - Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra (Stereo)(51/1960) 02. (Theme From) The Sundowners - Mantovani & His Orchestra (Stereo) (CD Debut)(93/1960) 03. Peter Gunn - Duane Eddy & The Rebels (Stereo)(27/1960) 04. (Theme From) 'The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs' - Ernie Freeman (Stereo)(70/1960) 05. Night Theme - The Mark II (75/1960) 06. Last Date - Floyd Cramer (Stereo)(2/1960) 07. Ruby Duby Du - Tobin Mathews & Co. (30/1960) 08. Ruby Duby Du (From 'Key Witness') - Charles Wolcott (CD Debut)(41/1960) 09. Stranger From Durango - Richie Allen (CD Debut)(90/1960) 10. Gonzo - James Booker (43/1960) 11. You Are My Sunshine - Johnny & The Hurricanes (Stereo)(91/1960) 12. Last Date - Lawrence Welk & His Orchestra (Stereo)(21/1960) 13. Blue Tango - Bill Black's Combo (Original Version)(CD Debut)(16/1960) 14. Rambling - The Ramblers (CD Debut)(73/1960) 15. Perfidia - The Ventures (Stereo)(15/1960) 16. Twistin' Bells - Santo & Johnny (49/1960) 17. (Let's Do) The Hully Gully Twist - Bill Doggett (CD Debut)(66/1960)
Bonus tracks: 18. The Clouds - The Spacemen (41/1959) 19. In The Mood - Ernie Fields Orchestra (25/1959) 20. Reveille Rock - Johnny & The Hurricanes (Stereo)(4/1959) 21. Tear Drop - Santo & Johnny (23/1959) 22. (Theme From) 'The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs' - Chet Atkins (Stereo)(103/1960) 23. Forever - The Little Dippers (Stereo)(9/1960) 24. The Madison - Al Brown (U.S. CD Debut)(23/1960) 25. 77 Sunset Strip - Don Ralke (69/1959) 26. 77 Sunset Strip (Alternate Stereo Version) - Don Ralke (Stereo) (CD Debut) 27. Red River Rock - Johnny & The Hurricanes (5/1959)
Thank you to Eric Records for doing such an excellent job, taking time to find the best versions, plus fantastic remastering. The accompanied booklet is also very well written with tons of information on individual artist. It is of interest that Volume 1 is much more expensive than Volume 2. Since the Canadian dollar is still very high, one should compare the prices on Amazon.ca vs Amazon.co.uk. You really should buy this set, wherever it is cheaper. I am in the process of buying Volume 2. After I receive Volume 2 and have listened to it, I shall give you my comments. This 3 CD set (Volume 1) is very highly recommended for all music fans.
Reissue label Complete 60s released this box set in August of last year. It contains each and every single that cracked the US Hot 100 in genres as diverse as pop, rock, R & B, country, jazz, blues and easy listening of the year 1960. Artists featured include The Ventures, Bill Black's Combo, guitar legends Duane Eddy and Chet Atkins, rock acts The Champs, Johnny & The Hurricanes, The Fireballs and Capitol studio musicians who convened under the guise of The Piltdown Men. There are easy listening/mood music hits galore performed by the great orchestras of Percy Faith, Frank Chacksfield, Don Costa, Mantovani, Billy Vaughn and Henry Mancini plus movie hits played by pianists supreme Ferrante & Teicher and Roger Williams. The box set was produced by Bill Buster, the man behind ace American reissue label Eric Records, which means satisfaction guaranteed! The sound is simply astounding and for any two-channel buff quite a few hits appear in stereo for the first time ever! The accompanying booklet contains in-depth information on the artists as well as an extensive chart log, which is bound to please any avid record collector. In my opinion, this is the quintessential instrumental box, and comes highly commended!
If you're looking at reviews for this collection, suffice to say you probably know what you're looking for. I only want to confirm that the claim of "Highest Quality Sound" on the front of each CD case is indeed true. Personally, I'm looking forward to 1962 onwards which is when I really began my musical awakening. But don't hesitate, buy these collections while you can!
I have collected instrumental 60's music for a long time but this collection is outstanding. The wool gets virtually pulled out of your ears - most of the titles I knew before sound so much better on this compilation. Plenty hard-to-find tracks and a lot of stereo versions. As a bonus you'll get to hear the original mono takes of the hits of Bill Black's combo for the first time since their orignal release. What a treat !